Purification: Purification of the Heart

                                                                  Q. One of my close friends has stopped chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra saying that since the mantra destroys all material desires, as a grhastha (householder), he needs the material motivation to support his family, and also that chanting the maha-mantra while maintaining material desires is offensive. He has taken to the chanting of Sri Lakshmi Suktam, which awards material prosperity and also indirectly reminds him of Lord Vishnu. How do I explain things properly to him?

                                                                  Q. I am a confused man, with lots of worries. I always hear Shri Ramesh Oza, and Pujya Morari Bapu, on cassettes. The time I hear I get emotional and happy. Next day I forget everything I heard, and the same routine continues.

                                                                  Please help me and tell me what I should do. I want to get deeper in to this. Your reply (in simple English) will be a utmost help to my soul.

                                                                  Q. 1.  Why don't we remember the past life sufferings? If one is suffering in this life some say that it is due to one's past bad karma, which is vague to believe.

                                                                  The workings of karma are not vague, but quite reasonable and logical to understand.

                                                                  Q. On page 32 of Isopanisad Mantra 3, Srila Prabhupada talks about the word atma-sambhavita. Do devotees who have approached Krishna Consciousness with materialistic desires (for fame and recognition), and therefore fall from this path eventually, also have the same destination as the asuras?

                                                                  Q. In responding to one question about Ekalavya you said, "Please also note that the Vedas consistently instruct us that only the bhagavata-marg is effective in Kali-yuga."

                                                                  In ISKCON, we regularly hear that the viddhi-marg is the only way for persons in the material world to attain Krishna consciousness. There is constant reference, perhaps more so in some quarters than others, to rules and regulations - yama & niyama, not this, not that. Please, Maharaja, could you clarify this apparent contradiction.